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Okay… you guys have been waiting for this news for a long while:  Warner Home Video has just officially announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Extended Edition on 11/5!

The release will be available as a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray set (SRP $54.98), a 3-disc Blu-ray set (SRP $35.99) and a 5-disc DVD set ($34.99).  All will include Ultraviolet.

The film itself has been extended by 13 minutes (total running time 184 minutes), and the set features nearly 9 hours of new special feature content, produced by Michael Pellerin and the same team who created the bonus content on The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition sets.

Here’s a look a the packaging for all three (extras details follow)…  [...]

All right, first up today we’ve got a pair of new Blu-ray Disc reviews for you…

Our own Dr. Jahnke has looked at Scream Factory’s fine new Blu-ray Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s The Fog.  The disc is now available in stores, and the release is pretty darned nice, as you’ll see in the review.

Also, Tim Salmons has checked out Charlie Chapin’s classic Monsieur Verdoux courtesy of Criterion’s fine new Blu-ray release.  Don’t miss it!  [...]

We’ve got a couple of new announcements for you today, and word of major new titles now available for pre-order on Amazon.com…

First up, Warner Home Video will release Mike and Molly: The Complete Third Season on DVD only on 8/20.

The BBC has set The Thick of It: Seasons 1-4 for DVD release on 8/6, followed by Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series on Blu-ray and DVD on 9/24.

PBS is releasing a Downton Abbey: Seasons 1, 2 & 3 – Limited Edition box set on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on 10/1 (SRP $99.99 and $89.99).  It will include a bonus disc featuring the Secrets of Highclere Castle documentary.

Warner Home Video and Lucasfilm have today announced the Blu-ray and DVD release of Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The Complete Season Five on 10/15 (SRP $59.97 and $49.98), including all 20 episodes (two presented as extended director’s cuts) and three hours worth of extras (cast and crew interviews, deleted and alternate scenes and more).  Also coming that day is a Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Seasons 1-5 Collector’s Edition box set on Blu-ray and DVD (SRP $149.99 and $119.98) containing all 108 episodes of the series, plus an exclusive The Art of The Clone Wars book, filled with never-before-seen concept art.  The question is, what’s happening with all the content created for Season Six, which was cancelled in the wake of the Disney purchase of Lucasfilm?  It doesn’t appear that it’s going to be included here.  Perhaps they’ll turn it into a mini-movie?  Who knows?  Anyway, more here.  And here’s the trailer…

First up today, our own Tim Salmons has checked in with reviews of Criterion’s excellent new Blu-ray editions of a pair of sci-fi classics from different eras of the cinema: Alex Cox’s Repo Man and William Cameron Menzies’ Things to Come.  Both reviews (and the discs too) are well worth your time… so enjoy!

In announcement news today, CBS and Paramount have set The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes for Blu-ray Disc release on 10/15.

Paramount has also set Gentle Ben: Season One for DVD only release on 10/15, starring Clint Howard and Dennis Weaver.

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